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Kim Villafuerte Barzola

Monday, October 23, 2023 | staff

Kim Villafuerte Barzola is joining TMI as an Assistant Archivist. In 2022, she received a Master’s in a Library and Information Science with a concentration in archival management from Simmons University where she was a Kaleidoscope Scholar and recipient of the George A Strait Minority Fellowship and Scholarship by the American Association of Law Libraries. […]

LDF Joins Call to Expand Clemency Eligibility

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | news

Read the PDF version here. Citing Uncertainty of Next Administration’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform, Broad Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform Advocates, Former Judges and Prosecutors, Legal Scholars Call On President to Expand Clemency Eligibility A broad coalition of criminal justice reform advocates, former judges and prosecutors, and legal scholars urged President Obama today to […]

Our Thinking

Monday, March 26, 2018 | page

a written legacy LDF publications cover the breadth of our work in criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation. Our in-depth research reports, blog posts, and informational flyers are resources for the entire civil rights advocacy community. 

Critical Race Theory, Anti-racism Education and Racial Equity Practices are Wholly Consistent with Federal and State Equal Protections Urge Civil Rights Groups

Thursday, September 2, 2021 | news

(Washington, D.C.) — Prohibiting critical race theory and anti-racism education in Texas schools would suppress educational efforts that are critically needed to confront and address racism and discrimination, according to a letter brief sent Thursday to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and […]

Janai Nelson Named Associate Director-Counsel at LDF

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. today announced that Janai Nelson, a law professor and expert on election law and voting rights issues, has been named Associate Director-Counsel of the organization. Ms. Nelson’s appointment marks a return to LDF, where she began as an NAACP LDF/Fried Frank Fellow in 1998, joined the staff as […]

LDF Opens Application Process for its Second Cohort of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has announced the opening of applications for the Marshall Motley-Scholars Program’s (MMSP) second cohort. Launched in January 2021, LDF’s groundbreaking commitment, the MMSP, will endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence. The program is […]

U. W. Clemon: The Equalizer

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | news

This month the Columbia Law School magazine features a story about former federal Judge U.W. Clemon, a graduate of their class of 1968.  Judge Clemon, who stepped down from the federal bench after a 30 year judicial career, is an illustrious member of the LDF family.  He served as an early Earl Warren fellow and as a cooperating attorney, litigating […]

LDF Names Two Renowned Scholars as Senior Research Fellows of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | news

    Richard Rothstein and Phillip Atiba Goff Join LDF’s New Research and Advocacy Hub    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is thrilled to announce today the selection of Richard Rothstein and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff as Senior Fellows of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute. Launched in 2015, the Thurgood Marshall Institute […]

A Tribute to Clarence C. Finley, 1922-2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | news

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of former board member and civil rights pioneer Clarence C. Finley, who not only played an instrumental part in integrating the United States military, but also blazed trails in corporate America as the first Black president of a major division of an international […]

LDF Proud to Be Part of Atlantic Philanthropies Fellowship Program to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | news

The Atlantic Philanthropies and Columbia University today announced the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a 10-year, $60 million program for courageous and creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa, two nations with deep and enduring legacies of racial exclusion and violence. The program – conceived, designed and led […]

LDF Announces Second Cohort of the Groundbreaking Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Thursday, April 21, 2022 | news

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) announced its second 10-person cohort (bios below) of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). Launched in January 2021, LDF’s groundbreaking pipeline program will endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence in the pursuit of […]

25 Harvard Student and Alumni Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of College Admissions Policies That Foster Diversity

Monday, July 25, 2022 | news

Today, 25 Harvard student and alumni organizations, represented by the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard asking the Court to uphold over 40 years of precedent holding that it is legally permissible to consider race as one […]

Karla McKanders

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | staff

Karla McKanders joined the Thurgood Marshall Institute as its Director in June 2023, bringing with her extensive experience in teaching Critical Race Theory and Immigration Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. Notably, she was the Associate Director of Vanderbilt’s Clinical Program where she also served as the Founding Director of the Immigration Practice Clinic, supervising […]

Florida Educators and Students Challenge State’s Discriminatory ‘Stop WOKE’ Act

Thursday, August 18, 2022 | news

LDF, ACLU, ACLU Florida, Ballad Spahr represent plaintiffs Today, a group of higher education students and educators filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s HB 7 — also known as the Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees (“Stop W.O.K.E.”) Act — a classroom censorship bill which severely restricts Florida educators and students from learning and talking […]

Ahead of Hearing, National Civil Rights Leaders Call for Intense Scrutiny of Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | news

Today, national civil rights leaders urged the Senate HELP Committee to review Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’ alarming past with respect to civil rights and hold her feet to the fire on critical issues of civil rights that are a central function of the U.S. Department of Education. A recording of today’s event is […]